What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are utilizing them for excellent reasons. Some individuals utilize them to hide nefarious links. There is a simple way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The trick is to merely add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will reveal you what the original link was..
You can try this technique with a URL that I recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized my recent Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my original discussion URL and see when I developed the reduced URL..
Enjoy this short video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
Applications for Education.
Building great digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that everyone ought to be assisting our trainees do. Showing them little tips like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the manner ins which we can help our students construct their digital citizenship and cyber security skills.
This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been utilized without permission. Sites that routinely steal my (Richard Byrnes) work consist of CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for lots of years. As a registered user I can develop custom, reduced URLs that people can really spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs supplied by those services are incoherent and always long..
Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is an easy method to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was.